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Category: Courage

Traveller, the strength of the journey

Oft, our journeys lose their way,
As paths become unknown, ideas clutter.
When fears rule the mind, & faiths shutter,
Look for the light, the hope in sight.

That light by the end of the road,
Oft tells me to believe, to strengthen.
And fly along, courageously, fearless,
Rekindling my belief, to smile when hopeless.

And then I realize, in those moments,
That power resides, within, & not without.
Traveller is the strength of the journey,
And the rest, mere players of the travelogue.

Happy New Year

Oh, forgo the bygones, forget every pain,
A new year, a new dawn, every moment a gain.
Let’s dream of a future, a future so bright,
Daylight may fade, away from its light.

And amongst the happiness, amongst all the cheer,
Lets learn from the past, those lessons very clear. 
Lets foray into the future, & forgo every fear.
Have a happy, peaceful and prosperous new year !!

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Reminiscences of my failures

“Failures in life can teach a man more than any success can” – and any failure should never impede your growth in this journey called life. This is a blog of one of the most disappointing times of my life.

The Backdrop:
The story begins from the start of my undergraduate days. As a child I have had a lot of respect for those in academia. Scientists had always intrigued me as a child. I developed a zeal for studies. And so when it came to choosing between a good college and my preferred stream of study, I chose the latter, with an aim to go further into the field to explore my interests. And I joined Computer Science at Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. I was doing well academically (in terms of Grade Point Average – a performance measure needed for applying for higher studies), was doing well in most of the courses and my relationship with my advisers were not bad to say the least.
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God never requires us to succeed,
        He only requires that you try.”   — Mother Teresa

Let not a sad thought, bring you gloom,
Let not a failure embezzle your bloom.
For sadness lies neither in struggles, nor in strife,
But in our own conception of failure in life.

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” – Confucius

Endeavor whole-heartedly for a purpose’s sake,
What others could not believe, is what you make.
For resignation from toil is the trait of sinners,
And surmounting troubles the sign of winners.

Life Vs Death

Answer to a question posted on Quora –

Everyone has a right to choose between life and death.
Living is meaningless, painful, tiresome and requires effort.
There are no gods, no spirits, no souls, no afterlives, no reincarnation.
There is no pain or effort or tiredness involved in death.
Why should anyone choose to keep living?

The answer would vary from person to person, for the understanding of life is a personal conception. There are several reasons why people choose life

1. People are scared of dying, because we are not sure what will happen to us after death. 
No one really has the answer to the question as to what really happens to us after death. Religion provides us with some answers. There is no sure proof. Besides, death has an in-built psychological connotations that make us afraid. It is regarded as a negative term. People are afraid of being alone too. Life is perceived as a blessing.

2. Emotions bind us to our the people we know.
For most of us, love is such a binding force that keeps us alive, provides us with energy, meaning and takes way all the tiredness from our lives. Death means a separation from those dear ones. Some have responsibilities too and they want to fulfill them before their lives. Some live for their love ones. Hence, emotional bonding with our dear ones is an important factor that keeps us from dying. Or lives evolves in a society and society has evolved to support our lives. The foremost factor must be the society that keeps us from dying.

3. Human race is essentially pleasure seeking.
We are a very optimistic race. We spend our lives unconscious of the inevitable death that looms large on our life. As we live, we understand that there would be pain. Yet, there are moments of pleasure too. We keep working towards those moments of pleasure. We learn from others. Achievement of our aim leads to an increment in the zeal, that propagates our will to live. It is a cyclic process. Ever wondered why do we actually feel jealous when others are happy ? For the exactly same reason. We live to be happy. And a moment of happiness becomes a sweet memory that motivates us to live. We are essentially a material seeking lot, and there is material once you are dead.

4. Humans build up aims, meaning to their lives.
We are very intelligent species. We have attached so much meaning to our lives that we have hardly any time to think up on death. We have so much cognitive knowledge. Our mind has evolved to learn facts. The dearth for knowledge, money, etc. pushes us to live. The lack of satisfaction is one quality that contributes to our will to live. We are a very competitive race too. Hence, we want to be the best. Theoretically only one can be the best and so you see every one keeps trying.

5. We are monkeys following each other. 
Since, people do not believe in death no body attempts it. We are followers of our society. If a person has no meaning left in his life and life becomes too painful then death could relieve him. However, since nobody is dying he would not attempt that too. Emulating our peers is a very common habit, since that is considered a stable state of life. So once had people been popularizing death, you would actually be asking the opposite question as to why do all die off so quickly, why do we not try to live ?

Some other reasons are:

6. Some are just not bothered about their lives.
7. Death is seen as a state of powerlessness.
8. The pain of death brings fear to the human mind


When life abandons you,
When times become difficult to cope,
Do not lose courage,
Do not lose hope.
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